Parent Update Announcements


posted by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Please take some time this weekend to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms and the freedom for others around the world.  A great way to do this is to take part in the town’s annual Memorial Day Parade featuring our band students in grades 7-12. The program begins at 10:00 on Monday in front of the Gilford Community Church.

Our Unified Indoor Soccer Team has a big week next week with two games.  The first is on Tuesday at 3:30 versus the Spaulding Youth Center here at GMS.  Then on Wednesday, they travel to Merrimack Valley Middle School for a 12:30 match.  Students may either bring their own lunch or check in with me to eat lunch here at school during our first lunch time.

I have attached this month’s edition of the Gilford Parks and Rec Newsletter.

Kudos to our 6th Graders!  They earned $718.96 from their Economy Unit project!  All of the proceeds will be donated to the “Make-A-Wish Foundation.”  I am very proud of my 6th graders for working so hard and raising money for such a worthy organization.

I have also attached two flyers for our Annual Summer Math Academy.  One for current students in grades 4-6 and the other for current students in grades 7-8.

Other events next week:

  • Tuesday = Baseball/Softball at Winnisquam (3:30)

  • Wednesday = Baseball/Softball at Laconia (3:30); Cribbage Play (2:30-3:30)

  • Thursday = Annual 7th Grade Gilford Beach Clean-up

  • Friday, June 1 & Saturday June 2 = GMS production of “The Addams Family” in the high school auditorium.  Once again, Director Matt Demko has two different casts and Technical Director, Aaron Witham, has one talent tech crew running both shows!

Thank you and have a nice weekend.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, June 24, 2018:
P&R News May '18.pdf
Summer 2018 Math Academy (Grades 4 - 6) Online Brochure (1).pdf
2018 Summer Math Academy (Grades 7-8) Online Brochure.pdf


posted May 21, 2018, 7:45 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening.  Just like last week’s update, I hope you get this in time so it serves as a reminder of our Choral Concert tonight at the high school (7:00).  Our talented vocalists, led by Mr. Warnick and Mrs. Sanborn, are sure to put on an enjoyable evening for you. Hope to see you there!

I have attached to this email the high school’s National Honor Society sponsored Memorial Day Race and Parade information.  Students from both the middle and high school always conduct a poignant ceremony and parade in honor of our fallen veterans.

Next Tuesday night is the district’s GEEF/STEAM Expo.  Our Robotics Team, led by Mrs. Damato, will be on hand showing off their robot that they have built and coded.  The event begins at 5:30 at the elementary school.

Speaking of our Robotics Team, last Saturday they competed in their last event.  We were fortunate enough to have enough students to send two teams to the competition.  Team “G5” consisting of Clark Blackwelder, Ben Selfridge, Ben Smith and Ben Wolpin (maybe they should have been named team “Ben”?) placed 5th out of 16 teams.  The other team, “LEGOSmiths” consisting of Abby Kenyon, Drew Decarli, Aydn Berube and Mikey Mitchell finished in 7th place. This team won the Judges Award for the presentation.  Congrats to both teams for a job well done!

The 2nd grade is holding a yard sale this Saturday from 8:00-11:00 at the elementary school.  If it rains, the event will be held in the cafeteria. Proceeds are to benefit the Gilford Got Lunch program.

Next week’s events:

  • Monday = Track Meet at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith (4:00)

  • Tuesday = Baseball & Softball (4:00); GEEF/STEAM Expo at GES (5:30)

  • Thursday =  Baseball & Softball (4:00)

  • Friday = Baseball (3:30) & Softball (4:00) at Newfound; Music Trip to Fishercats game

Thank you and have a nice evening.


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, June 16, 2018:
2018 Memorial Day Race & Parade.pdf


posted May 11, 2018, 4:22 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening.  I hope you get this email in time as a reminder (if you needed it) for the Monster Band Concert taking place at GHS at 7:00 tonight.  Students from all three schools (plus Gilmanton!) will dazzle us with their talent. Pre-kudos to Mr. Warnick and Mrs. Beyrent for doing such a great job in conducting these musicians.  Next week, it’ll be Mr. Warnick (again) and Mrs. Sanborn leading our vocalists! Same time, same place next Thursday.

Congrats to our PTA Poetry Contest Winners.  Each of the grade level winners will receive a $10 gift card from Jordan’s Ice Cream and the overall middle school winner will get a $50 Amazon gift card.  You can hear them read their poems next Wednesday night at 6:00 in the Gilford Public Library. Here they are:

  • 5th Grade = Kendall Myers

  • 6th Grade = Andrew McDonough

  • 7th Grade = Murphy Harris

  • 8th Grade = Colby Smith

  • Overall GMS Winner = Samuel Leggett

Upcoming Volunteer Fingerprinting and Orientation Clinics during the Kindergarten Visitation so that new parents can go through the process at GES.  All other parents are invited to attend, too. They are both on June 19 from 9:00-11:00 and 12:00-2:00.

I have attached the brochure for the Gilford Youth Center’s Summer Program.

On Tuesday, May 22, GES is hosting this year’s Community Partner/Teaching and Learning EXPO from 5:30-7:30.  This is to show off what our students do here in the district as well as celebrating the tremendous support the district receives from community partners.  

The Gilford Youth Center is hosting a Comedy Night (presented by Cantin Chevrolet) this Saturday from 6:30-10:00.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Our 8th Graders are traveling to NHTI tomorrow to the annual “Financial Literacy Fair.”  They will participate in a hands-on event that propels them through the personal financial management process, including career selection, budgeting for housing, transportation, luxuries, etc.  This will be the third year that our 8th grade class has participated and each class comes back acknowledging that it was a most worthwhile trip.

Next week’s events:

  • The 5th & 8th Graders will do their Reading and Writing NH State Assessments.

  • Monday = Track Meet (4:00)

  • Wednesday = Baseball/Softball at Belmont (3:30); Unified Indoor Soccer at Laconia (3:30); PTA Poetry Reflections Night at the Gilford Public Library (6:00)

  • Thursday = Choral Concert (7:00)

  • Friday = Early Release (12:20); Baseball/Softball at Franklin (3:30)

Enjoy this evening.  Thank you.


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, June 09, 2018:
Gilford Youth Center Summer Camp.pdf


posted May 7, 2018, 4:38 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  We’ve gotten off to a good start to the state testing.  Overall, students were taking the assessment seriously and were working hard to improve their scores from last year’s state test.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week (including School Nurse’s Day on the 9th).  The folks from both the PTA and our VSC (Volunteer Steering Committee) are planning some special treats for our well-deserved staff.  I know that I am “preaching to the choir” when I say that our staff continues to do an amazing job in educating our students here in Gilford.

You should have already received an email regarding this summer’s Math Academy but I have also attached to this email, information/registration regarding this summer’s Gilford Got Lunch program.

Next week’s events:

  • Monday = Baseball and Softball at Inter-Lakes (4:00); Track Meet at Wolfeboro (4:00); School Board Meeting (6:00)

  • Wednesday = Early Release (12:20); Baseball and Softball at Gilmanton (4:00)

  • Thursday = Unified Indoor Soccer (3:30); Monster Band Concert (7:00) THIS IS A MUST SEE EVENT!! In the GHS auditorium.

  • Friday = 5th Grade Field Trip to Manchester; 8th Grade Field Trip to NHTI-Concord

This week’s tip from the Middle Years* - 1-2-3 Kindness - Being a kind person helps children form strong relationships and enjoy a greater sense of belonging at school and at home.  Try these steps to encourage kindness: 1. Develop Ideas. Together, brainstorm ways to show kindness. 2. Track actions. Divide a sheet of paper into boxes, and write an idea in each square.  Now look for opportunities to perform these acts of kindness. For each one completed, “x” it out. 3. Repeat. When the sheet if full, make a new one!

Thank you and have a nice weekend.


*Resources for Educators  May, 2018


posted Apr 30, 2018, 4:13 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope that you are enjoying both your vacation and this amazing weather we’re having today.  I think it is safe to say that winter is behind us. No, I do not believe in “jinxing.”

Forging ahead, the graduation date for Gilford High School is Sunday, June 17 at 10:00 at Meadowbrook.  Our 8th grade Moving Up Day is will be on Thursday, June 21 at 9:30 at GHS.

We will begin out state testing on Tuesday, May 1; this will continue throughout the month of May at different intervals for each of the grades; the 5th and 8th grades are up first doing their Science portion of the assessment followed by the 6th and 7th graders working on the English/Language Arts test.  Please be sure that your students eat and sleep well so that they can be at the top of their game. We do have headphones for students to use but your child may want to bring in their own. Please encourage your child to do their very best; it is important to see how they have shown improvement in their learning.

I have attached a flyer to this email regarding the Gilford Got Lunch program.  This contains information regarding registration as well as how you can help.

Next week’s events (please double-check with your coaches regarding games/meets):

  • Tuesday = Baseball and Softball (3:30)

  • Wednesday = Cribbage Play (2:30-3:30); Track Meet (4:00)

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your vacation!


Attachments available for 30 days until Thursday, May 24, 2018:
2018 summer app & school letter.pdf


posted Apr 20, 2018, 6:22 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  I'll save the longer version with you sometime next week.  I just wanted to let you know the student body performed amazingly today during our lockdown/barricade drill.  They barricaded their classroom doors so well that the police were not able to get in.  They've done the school proud today.  They also asked some great questions and had insightful feedback for our SRO, Dan O'Neill regarding our drill today.

Speaking of doing the school proud, our 5th graders had their culminating event for DARE last night.  They all worked so hard during the course and their projects were very creative; some were the best I've ever seen!

Lastly, I hope that you have a wonderful vacation next week.  Take care.



posted Apr 13, 2018, 7:07 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  I hope that this email finds you and your families well.  Overall, the students have been pretty awesome these past couple of weeks; this March to April vacation stretch can be a tough one on them (and us).  Kudos to you folks and my pretty awesome staff for helping the kiddos stay focused on school.

There is still time to order yourself or your child some cool Gilford Schools gear and help support the PTA at the same time!  Just visit the Gilford Store website to order some cool SWAG!

Our annual DARE culminating event for 5th graders will take place next Thursday at 6:00 in the high school auditorium.  Parents should drop off students in our cafeteria anytime between 5:15 and 5:45. Many thanks to Mr. Donovan and SRO O’Neill for taking the time to teach our students very valuable lessons on how to better make good decisions in their lives.

Please follow this link to Laconia High School’s HUOT Center and their summer program offerings.  They have two offerings this year for middle schoolers:  “Girls Technology Camp” from June 27-29 and “Arts and Technology Camp” from July 9-13.  Please visit the website for more information and on how to register.

Next Wednesday is our second 5th/6th grade after school social.  This is free to students and will run from 2:30-4:00. This is put on by our Student Council with great help from our volunteer steering committee.  They’ll be fun activities and treats for the students to enjoy!

Please remember that the PTA sponsored after school French program is currently running.  If you have signed up and have yet to attend; they’ll be at it again next Tuesday. Hope to see you there.  Merci!

I have attached to this email, the Gilford Parks and Rec newsletter for you to check out the wonderful offerings Herb Greene and his crew provide for the community.

I have also attached two flyers regarding our summer theatre camp program.  One for those interested in being part of the tech crew and the other for our wanna be thespians!

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.


P.s.  How about those Red Sox?!


posted Apr 6, 2018, 4:39 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening.  I’d like to start off with a friendly reminder that beginning on Monday (through June 5), school/homeroom will begin at 7:20 (instead of the regular 7:30 start time).  As superintendent Kirk Beitler emailed earlier this week, this will allow us to have the last day of school on Thursday, June 21. That morning will have our 8th Grade Moving Up Day in the high school auditorium.

You can help support the Gilford PTA (whom show great support for the Gilford School District) by ordering from their Gilford Schools’ Clothing Line.  Just follow this link to purchase great merchandise!

Good luck to the following students as they head to Plymouth State University on Saturday to compete in the statewide National History Day program:  Shannon O’Riordan (Salem Witch Trials), Ashley Kulscar, Alyssa Craigie, Vanessa Genakos, & Avery Marshall (The Christmas Truce of WWI), Caitlyn Costa & Zoe Lehneman (The Tudor Family and the Reformation), and Eva Bondaz, Nicole Green & Anna Cook (The War of Love).  They are vying to earn a place in the national competition in June down in Washington D.C.

We are looking for student-athletes to take part in our Unified Indoor Soccer program.  Anyone in grades 5-8 are welcome to join (just register on Family ID).  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Christopher Parker.  This program is great fun!

The Student Council is hosting an after school social for students in grades 5 & 6 on Wednesday, April 18 from 2:30-4:00.  And it is free!

Despite a very strong showing at their last meet of the season (where they won!!), our 7th/8th grade math team finished in second place in their league for the season; out of 15 teams.  Kudos to Coach Bowler and his team on a very successful season. Or should I say “seasons” as we have consistently finished in the top 2 spots year after year.

Thank you and I hope you have a nice weekend with our families.



posted Mar 29, 2018, 10:45 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I’ll take it easy on you this week with a brief weekly update…..

Time is running out to order your child a middle school yearbook.  If you are interested, please go to the Josten’s website to order one.  Our Yearbook Committee has been working hard on creating a good one!

For parents of 8th graders:  There will be a parent meeting next Tuesday (4/3) in our Family and Consumer Science Room to start planning the details of the 8th Grade Moving Up Day Dance.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Jarvi.

I have attached a flyer regarding the annual Gilford District PTA Spring Poetry Competition.  This is open to all students in grades K-12. Students can win prizes for their creativity!

Our (rescheduled) inaugural Cribbage Competition will be next Wednesday from 2:30-3:30 in our cafeteria.  Veterans and newcomers to the game are welcome to join in the camaraderie. We’ll have snacks and water on hand to help increase the enjoyment!

I told you it’d be brief!

Take care,


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, April 28, 2018:
2018 poetry contest.docx


posted Mar 27, 2018, 5:55 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Report cards will be distributed on Thursday.  There will be good news for some and some not so good news for others.  What is important to keep in mind is that there is much more to school than a singular grade on a piece of paper.  Take a moment to reflect with your child on their grades and ask these questions: Are you learning new concepts and acquiring new skills?  Are you making progress in your classes? How would you rate your work and study habits? Where could you improve in these two areas? Are you missing too much school?  Are you being a self-advocate in accessing resources (you, teachers, other students, etc) that will help you improve your learning? Being a responsible, resourceful, respectful and confident learner is much more than a catchphrase; if we can help our middle learners become these types of learner, their chances for success in high school (and beyond) will increase dramatically.

Good luck to the following students as they make their way through the National History Day process.  These students have taken their own time (lunches, after school, weekends) to work on their topics in hopes of succeeding up at Plymouth State University later this Spring:  Shannon O’Riordan & Maura Hughes (Salem Witch Trials); Alyssa Craigie, Vanessa Genakos, Ashley Kulscar & Avery Marshall (the Christmas Truce of WWI); Caitlyn Costa & Zoe Lehneman (“Bloody” Mary Tudor); Eva Bondaz, Anna Cook & Nicole Green (King Edward and Wallis Simpson); Haiden Lewis, Mason Testa & Aubrey Trent (Irish Troubles & Irish Republican Army); Christine Pingol (Women’s Suffrage).

Attached to this email is the brochure for our Theatre Summer Camp.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Demko.

Speaking of summer camps, registration has opened for the Gilford Youth Center’s Summer Camp.  Just follow this link or contact Scott Hodsdon if you have any questions.

Last week, many of our 6th graders pitched their home-made product ideas to investors from Meredith Village Savings Bank.  They had to create a business plan for their product and present their product and plan in order to borrow money to manufacture their goods.  Loan amounts ran from $23.40 for a Hand Cannon to $185.20 for a Charger Pocket. Other businesses/products were Allie’s Slime Co., Unique Bookmarks, Fuzzy Poms, 3rd and Long, Punt on the Run, Safe Outlet, Tuffies for Puppies, Basketball Holder, Jiggle Jangle Jelly Soaps, Happy Thoughts, Caterpillar Pencil, Locker Box, Stress Eraser, Eye Spy Bottle, Clip Hanger, and Marble Propulsion System 2.0.  Their creativity is astounding!

Thank you and I hope you have a nice week.


Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, April 24, 2018:
SUMMER CAMP FLYER 2018 (2).pdf

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